Enhanced Recovery After Bariatric Surgery

I have recently return from the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. This is one of the world’s largest scientific meetings of bariatric surgeons and is always a good opportunity to see what is new, what is coming up, and to meet up with colleagues from when I was working in the US. Although there were few surprise developments, it is interesting to see where things are going and where we in Aoteoroa/NZ sit compared to some of the busiest practices in the world. In this regard, one not...

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On mesh and hernia repairs

There have been a number of articles published in the popular press recently discussing the use of mesh in surgery, and associated complications.  Unfortunately this is a complex topic, and the published articles have in many cases made it more confusing. The use of artificial materials in surgery is something that has been going on for some time, with many benefits.  Millions of people have benefited from joint replacements, mechanical heart valves, and artificial lenses to restore sight following cataract removal.  The role of surgical mesh...

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Science of Weight Loss

I just came across this great video that covers scientific tips proven to help with weight loss – with or without surgery.     Although the science of weight loss is a huge topic, and there is a lot we still don’t understand, this video manages to hit the highlights from recent science on diet and lifestyle changes proven to assist with weight loss.  The tips discussed are aimed at people who have not had surgery, but there is no reason they wouldn’t work after bariatric surgery to help people reach a lower goal...

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